Asia Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC)

(L-R) Ms Eva Muller (FAO Forestry Director), Jose Luis Fernandez (FAO Representative to the Philippines), Sec. Paje, Patrick Durst (Senior Forestry Officer for Asia and the Pacific, FAO) during the 26th APFC, 22 February 2016, Clark, Pampanga (Photo Source: FMB)

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) is one of the six Regional Forestry Commissions established by FAO in 1949 to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest related issues on a regional basis and focus on issues pertinent to Asia and the Pacific.

Areas of work include: 1) promoting improvement in forest management for multiple benefits, 2) forest Policy, Economics and Institutions, and 3) fostering greater involvement of people in forestry.

In recent times, flagship APFC activities have included the Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study, “In Search of Excellence: Exemplary Forest Management in Asia and the Pacific,” and establishment of a regional and national forestry code of practice.

The specific activities to be implemented by APFC are decided upon by member countries during each APFC session which happens every two years.
Focal Office:
Forest Management Bureau (FMB)
Established 1949
Focal Persons:
High Level
       Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 926 1004 / 928 4969 / 929 6626 Local 2021

Focal Point
       DENR - Forest Management Bureau 
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 9313 / 927 4788

Alternate Focal
       Assistant Director
       DENR - Forest Management Bureau 
       Telefax No.: (+632) 9272784 / 9282778
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During the 26th Session of APFC, the Commission emphasized that decisions emerging from global policy processes in 2015 were important to global forest governance and to sustainable forest management at country level. APFC also expressed support for future sessions of APFC engaging in UNFF processes, including issues relating to the implementation of the United Nations Forest Instrument and the International Arrangement on Forests beyond 2015. The 26th Session also highlighted the opportunity afforded by the International Day of Forests to promote key message arising from the World Forestry Congress. Another focus was on community-based forestry as a vital tool in managing and improving the condition of forests in the region, as well as an important vehicle for alleviating poverty.

The Commission requested FAO to:
1) continue to provide technical assistance to countries to meet the requirements of forestry-related NDCs including building capacities, conducting and analysing national forest inventories, and understanding and meeting the requirements of the Transparency Framework;
2) finalize a regional strategy and action plan on forests and natural disasters including giving specific attention to vulnerability mapping;
3) assist in identifying appropriate forestry indicators for measuring progress toward SDG implementation;
4) continue to provide technical support to forest landscape restoration including restoring ecosystem services and enhancing biodiversity conservation;
5) provide support to strengthening capacity for national and local forest inventories, including monitoring, reporting and verification in support of REDD+ programmes;
6) continue to provide technical support to forest restoration activities in Asia and the Pacific, including through the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism; and 
7) continue to support strengthening sustainable forest management systems for climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

They also urged FAO and member countries to promote greater awareness of the benefits of forests through the International Day of Forests.

As a result of the meetings, the Commission intends to:
1) provide guidance on developing a regional strategy and action plan on forests and natural disasters;
2) take appropriate actions to respond to the call by Indigenous People, local communities and family smallholders by strengthening tenure security, improving access to markets, services and finance, building capacity and improving participation in policy making; and
3) support the economic empowerment of women in the forestry value chain through enterprise development.
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